UFC ON FUEL TV 3: Preliminary Card Results And Recap

May 15, 2012 4:55 pm by Pedro Carrasco

Tonight’s UFC on FUEL TV 3 is going down from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

We are now midway through the evening/s event and the preliminary card is over.

Six-bouts aired live on facebook.com and for those who missed the action here is a brief round-by-round recap.

Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto
In the first fight of the UFC on FUEL TV 3 preliminary card Alex Soto took on Francisco Rivera in a bout that Rivera booked on short notice. While Soto had a clear speed advantage it was Rivera who put his power on display in the first frame of action. He was able to drop Soto multiple times with a hard right, but Soto was able to weather that initial storm each and every time to recover and work his back up to his feet.

The second round was more of the same; Rivera was able to use his power to keep Soto backing up. In the third Soto was able to get an early takedown, but really did nothing with it outside of landing a few short shots from top position. About two-minutes in Rivera rocked Soto yet again, but Soto, who can obviously take a beating, did just that and shrugged it off. Towards the end of the fight Rivera looked to be slower than he initially started, but Soto was not able to capitalize and as a result lost a decision.

Francisco Rivera def. Alex Soto via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo
In the first round Eduardo did a good job of using Jeff’s aggressiveness against him. With an obvious advantage in the standup Eduardo used speed, combinations and brutal leg kicks to control the round.

The second round was nearly identical to the first. However Curran did attempt one takedown with about thirty-seconds left in the frame. In the third Curran really turned it up. He got aggressive and despite having his leg kicked repeatedly gutted through the final frame and gave it his all.

Johnny Eduardo def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus
This fight was short, the newly enlisted Team Black House member, Dos Anjos, opened up the bout with a headkick that dropped Kamal early. From there he took top position and used effective ground and pound which prompted his opponent to give up his back where he was able to then secure a rear naked choke to win early in the first.

Rafael Dos Anjos def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:40

T.J. Grant vs. Carlo Prater
These two welterweights turned lightweights did little in the opening round. Both tentative to commit to their strikes and/or counter strikes. However Grant seemed to have the slight advantage. With a minute left the two clinched after a Grant combination and after a brief scramble Grant ended up on top. He passed the guard of Prater but nothing of note on the ground up until the buzzer went off to signal the first rounds end.

In the second the two clinched early but Grant was able to out position prater against the cage until breaking up the clinch with a smashing elbow that could be heard through the arena. The two reset in the middle of the cage but entered back into the clinch thirty-seconds later which again favored Grant. With a minute left Grant grabbed a double and was able to get Prater back on his back, from there he passed guard and went into the mounted crucifix until the round ended.

Nearly two minutes into the third Grant was able to get the fight back down to the ground where he had the advantage in the first two frames of action. After a long time within the guard Grant was able to secure the mount and from there forced Prater to roll where he took his back. This position was short lived and Prater was able to escape and get the Canadian wrestler off of him. With thirty seconds left the two get back to their feet but TJ slammed him to the matt and took his back again. From there he went for an arm with ten seconds left but was unable to secure the submission.

T.J. Grant def. Carlo Prater via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody McKenzie vs. Marcus LeVesseur
The fight opened up and McKenzie drove forward quick but was met with a MeVesseur takedown. The two got back up, traded strikes but an uppercut lands on the chin of Cody and sent him packing to the mat. In the end once the fight hit the floor Cody worked his position, went to his bread and butter and locked in a guillotine choke to secure the victory and break his two-fight win streak.

Cody McKenzie def. Marcus LeVesseur via submission (rear naked choke) – round 1, 3:05

Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang
These two middleweights opened up the fight trading punches and kicks. Two minutes into the first and it’s pretty even. Both men throwing punches with bad intentions. Midway through the fist and the two were both still trying to sink into their range, but Tavares is starting to edge in the frequency of strikes department. Tavares took a finger in the eye than delivered one of his own. Just a few seconds later Yang put another finger in the eye of the Hawaiian and this fight has now been riddled with delays. 30 seconds left and Tavares goes into the clinch where he is able to control position until about the 10 second mark when Yang is able to reverse until the bell sounds.

The seconds round started and both fighters opened up with low kicks. They traded moderately throughout the first minute but Yang broke the stalemate and landed a nice flying front kick to the face of Tavares but he brushed it off pretty easily. Midway through the second and Tavares is really favoring his left eye. The same eye that got poked in the first, but he is constantly rubbing in and shutting it trying to focus in on his opponent. The Injury is starting to play a factor. 1:20 left and Yang was able to secure a takedown but Brad popped right back up, secured the clinch and pressed Yang into the fence. They broke it up and the two ended the round in the center trading moderate strikes yet again.

Brad opened up the third with a quick takedown, he secures it briefly but Yang popped back up, Tavares held on and again took him down – this all within the first 40-seconds. Yang gets back up and Brad dumps him again with a big slam, Yang looked tired at this point and Tavares able to secure top position for a bit longer. Unable to advance and the ref stands them back up at the 1:30 mark. A low blow from Tavares slows the action and Yang takes a knee and some time to recover. Two minute left and the break recharged Yang who is now a bit more crisp and aggressive. None of it fazes Brad and he ends the bout with a barrage of kicks.

Brad Tavares def. Dongi Yang (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brad Tavares def. Dongi Yang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cody McKenzie def. Marcus LeVesseur via submission (rear naked choke) – round 1, 3:05
T.J. Grant def. Carlo Prater via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rafael Dos Anjos def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:40
Johnny Eduardo def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Rivera def. Alex Soto via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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